Noncredit English as Second Language

Noncredit ESL offers free English as a Second Language courses to adults.


Why Take Noncredit ESL courses?

SMC's Noncredit ESL courses:

  • are free for adults 18 and over* 
  • are open-entry. This means you can enroll at any time during the semester
  • give you the skills you need to succeed at work, school and in your community
  • can help you prepare for credit coursework
  • allow you to earn Certificates of Competency in English as Second Language
  • are for students who do not need college credit or units
  • can help students prepare for the USCIS Citizenship Test

*F1 Visa students are not eligible for Noncredit courses

SMC's Noncredit ESL professors:

  • have  professional training and advanced degrees in teaching students whose native language is not English
  • are experts in language acquisition, second language teaching, and linguistics
  • speak other languages and many have taught and/or studied abroad
  • are a diverse group of experienced and well-qualified individuals who are dedicated to helping you achieve your academic, professional, and personal language learning goals

Which Noncredit ESL classes should I take?

Santa Monica College’s Noncredit ESL Program offers a variety of core courses and support courses. There are five levels of instruction from beginning to high advanced. The program offers courses in listening/speaking, reading/writing, and vocabulary as well as specialized courses to help you prepare for the USCIS Citizenship test and courses that can help you prepare for specific career pathways. The noncredit counselor can help you select the level and courses that are right for you. Courses are offered Monday-Friday, in the mornings and evenings.  Classes are held in-person and online. Check our class schedules.


Spring 2024 Class Schedule

How can I enroll in Noncredit ESL classes?

  • Noncredit Office  

    Santa Monica College Bundy Campus
    3171 Bundy Drive, Room 112
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

    Phone: 310-434-3399


  • Steps to Enroll in Free Noncredit ESL Courses

    Open enrollment. Currently registering for Spring 2024 Classes offered online and in-person. 


    How To Enroll


Contact Information

Noncredit Office

Phone: 310-434-3399


Counseling Faculty

Norma Torres-Gonzalez
Phone: 310-434-8241

Cristina Torres
Phone: 310-434-8368

Noncredit Faculty Lead

Lizbeth (Liz)  Koenig
Phone: (310) 434-8786